Feinstein gears up for PBS special

Musician's 'American Songbook' set for Oct.

Singer, pianist and music revivalist Michael Feinstein will act as host, guide and performer on “Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook,” which will air for three nights in October on PBS.

Produced and directed by Amber Edwards of Hudson West Productions, the three-part series has the five-time Grammy nominee and cabaret impresario taking viewers on a historic tour of the Great American Songbook by performing standards, interviewing songwriters and entertainers and embarking on a quest to “music that stands the test of time over generations,” according to Edwards, who calls Feinstein “the Indiana Jones of popular music.”

Along the way, Feinstein will delve into the work of George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, and Rodgers and Hart, while also examining the artistry of such interpreter as Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney, Nat King Cole and Ethel Waters.

PBS President Paula A. Kerger calls the a “historical documentary in the best sense – contemplating and contextualizing culture, and showing the impact the arts have on our lives and how art benefits from public engagement.”

The series will air Oct. 6, 13 and 20 at 8 p.m.

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